Tips for Cleaning Using Vodka

Think outside the martini glass with these practical tips for using vodka as a cleaning agent.

Related To:

Jewelry
Vodka is great for cleaning hard stones like diamonds. Just pour some vodka in a dish, take the ring and swish it back and forth. Dry it off and it will give a beautiful sheen. If it is really dirty, put it in and let it soak a while and then scrub with a toothbrush. Afterwards, just swish and dry.

Vodka as a Cleaning Agent and Insect Killer

Vodka as a Cleaning Agent and Insect Killer

Think outside the martini glass with these practical tips for using vodka as a cleaning agent and insect killer.

Photo by: John Foxx

John Foxx

Mold and Mildew
To remove mold and mildew from caulking, fill a spray bottle with inexpensive vodka and spray it onto the mold and mildew. Let this sit for about 15 minutes. Then scrub with a toothbrush, if necessary.

Beaded Clothing
Since we don't wear beaded clothes too often, it is a shame to pay for dry cleaning. Some beaded clothes are not cleanable and can be hard to spot clean. To freshen these, put some vodka in a small spray bottle and spritz the underarm area and neckline on the wrong side of the fabric. Hang and let air dry.

Eyeglasses
To get a sparkling shine on your eyeglasses that don't have protective coating, spritz with vodka and buff with a soft cloth. Do not use on coated lenses of eyeglasses that suggest avoiding alcohol based products.

Insects
Because of vodka's high alcohol content, it is a potent insect killer. Put a little in a spray bottle and squirt the bugs or yourself. They will be on their drunken way.

Keep Reading

Next Up

The Many Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for deodorizing, cleaning, cooking, beauty rituals, science projects, putting out fires and more.

Top 10 Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar is an inexpensive, healthy way to clean and disinfect your home.

Cleaning With Lemon Juice

Find seven household uses for lemons. They are a natural disinfectant, stain remover and are wonderful for polishing metal. Also, lemons are inexpensive and eco-friendly.

Polishing Wood Furniture

Learn how to make your own natural furniture polish and get expert tips and techniques for cleaning wood.

How to Clean Brick (Indoor or Outdoor)

Keep brick walls, floors and fireplaces clean and inviting with simple tips from DIY experts.

10 Pro Tips to Get Cleaning Done Fast

Professional cleaners share their secrets to getting cleaning chores done fast and efficiently.

How to Clean Aluminum

Give your aluminum cookware, sink and furniture the shine they deserve with these simple aluminum cleaning tips.

How to Clean Grout

Extend the life of your tile and make it look clean by following these tips for removing dirt and grime from grout.

How to Clean Brass

Whether your household furniture or accessories are solid brass or brass-plated, here are cleaning tips for making anything brass bright and shiny again.

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Keep your leather car seats in pristine condition with these DIY cleaning solutions and unconventional stain-removing hacks.

On TV

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.